Daniel Ashkenazy is a writer and educator who was born in Montreal, Canada and currently lives in Israel. He has degrees from McGill University: a B.A. in political science and history, as well as an education degree in English literature and teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). He is happily married to his second wife with three children and lives in Givat Zeev. He has 25 years of experience teaching English in Israeli high schools, and he has also worked in fundraising, real estate and editing. He is currently working on two novels, and is expanding his editing career.
Shalva Ben-David has been working in the fields of writing and editing for over 25 years. In 1993, she co-founded Connections, an English-language newspaper for her hometown of Beit Shemesh. While serving as co-editor of Connections, she worked as a freelance writer, specializing in the non-profit field. Shalva currently works as a resource development writer in the Jerusalem office of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. Shalva earned a B.A. in psychology and Jewish studies from Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women. She has studied conflict resolution, and is also a volunteer mentor for Chiburim, a social start-up that helps singles find their soulmates. Shalva aims to use the skills she gained in the David Yellin course to launch a side career in editing.
Reba Condiotti has worked as a research scientist for thirty years, initially in the field of bone marrow transplantation, and then in the field of gene therapy. She currently manages a breast cancer research laboratory at the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School. To date, she has co-authored 29 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and reviews. Reba received a B.A. in biology from the University of California, San Diego, and continued her studies in Jerusalem where, in 2011, she was granted a PhD in human genetics from the Hebrew University. Originally from California, she has lived in Israel since 1984 and currently resides in Beit Shemesh.
Batya Greenman is originally from South Africa but has lived in Israel since 1978 and has been a member of Kibbutz Gezer since 1987. She received her Senior Primary Teaching Diploma from the Johannesburg College of Education. She held an administrative position at the Weizmann Institute of Science, and administrative and teaching positions in South Africa, in the US and in Israel. Batya enjoys spending time with family, who live in Israel and California. Recently retired, she continues to pursue new challenges, in particular in her areas of interest: music, cross-cultural communication, gardening and sewing. She is excited about her new career in editing.
Jumana Hassuneh, from Jerusalem, has a B.A in English literature and a diploma in education from Bethlehem University. She has been teaching English at a Jerusalem high school for almost twenty years. In addition, she is a freelance Arabic-English translator and teaches English online to Arabic speakers. In recent years, she has worked as a chaperone and mentor for Hands of Peace (HOP), an interfaith youth organization, which encourages Palestinian, Israeli and American teens to be leaders of change in the Middle East and the world. Jumana is passionate about exploring new countries and cultures.
Nomi Isenberg has worked in education for four decades, teaching English language arts to non-native and native English speakers in the United States, Canada and Israel. She holds a B.A. in Spanish literature and modern history from the University of Pennsylvania; an M.S. in educational linguistics and language acquisition with certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the State University of New York at Albany; and an M.A. from Bar Ilan University in English literature and creative writing. Nomi taught creative writing at Michlalah Jerusalem College, and is currently an associate editor of Under the Sun Literary Journal. Her fiction and creative non-fiction have been published online.
Miriam Mandel Levi is a writer of fiction and creative nonfiction. Her work has appeared in Blue Lyra Review, Creative Nonfiction, Brain, Child, Literary Mama, Under the Sun, Poetica, Sleet, Tablet, bioStories and Chautauqua. A speech language pathologist, she co-directs Maytav, a Jerusalem-based speech therapy clinic for adults with neurogenic communication and swallowing disorders. She also lectures in the Communication Disorders program at Hadassah Academic College. Miriam has a B.A. in psychology from University of Toronto and an applied M.Sc. from McGill University in human communication disorders. She has lived in Israel for the past twenty-seven years.
Naftali Moser was born and educated in Sydney, Australia. He has a B.A. in economics from the University of New South Wales. Upon moving to Israel in 1974, he completed further study in economics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His career spans the fields of academia, government, international development and the private sector. Naftali is currently collaborating on research about government economic strategies. He is harnessing the skills he gained in the David Yellin editing course towards this endeavor and subsequent academic research. Naftali is an active mentor and organizer in several NGO’s.
Nina Newman, originally from New York, has a B.A. in anthropology and languages and an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She has been connected to Israel since studying in ulpan a few weeks before the Yom Kippur War broke out. She lives with her long-time partner on a moshav in the Jezreel Valley, where she raises bees and birds in her spare time. Nina participates in a local writer’s workshop and, for over twenty years, she has been teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at Kinneret College, which overlooks the Sea of Galilee.
Gadi Strusberg was born in Jerusalem. He holds an M.A. in special education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since 2000, he has been working in the field of special education as an English teacher. He is participating in the English editing course at David Yellin Academic College, in order to enhance his mastery of the English language. Gadi is an advocate for animal rights, and volunteers with the organization “Animals Now.” When he is not working, studying or volunteering, Gadi enjoys reading, traveling and meeting with friends.
Shelly Tannenbaum was born and raised in Los Angeles. She has a BSc in microbiology from UCLA and a M.S in quality assurance from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She moved to Israel in 1998 with her family. Since 2002, Shelly has worked at the Hadassah Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Center as the quality manager. At work, Shelly edits and writes numerous types of documents, and hopes to continue using the skills she obtained from the David Yellin course to expand her career in the copy editing field. When Shelly is not working, she volunteers in women’s public theater to raise funds for causes that are close to her heart. These include assistance for victims of terror and trauma and outreach to teens at risk.
Anna de Vincenz was born into a multilingual Italian-Polish family and lived in various countries in Europe. She has a Ph.D. in languages and civilizations of the Ancient Near East from the Istituto Orientale in Naples, Italy and an M.A. in conservation of paintings from Palazzo Spinelli Restoration School in Florence, Italy. Since 1989, she has been working as an independent researcher in the field of archaeology in Israel and is one of the leading experts on Late Islamic and Ottoman ceramics. In addition to working in archaeology, Anna is a translator and editor in German, Italian, French, Polish, Hebrew, English and Spanish. She wishes to improve her English editing skills by attending the David Yellin program.
Eva L. Weiss is from New York, and she began her career as a book editor in Manhattan. She immigrated to Israel in 1992. She is a writer, editor and instructor in the David Yellin Academic College Editing program since 2013. Her children’s book, I am Israeli, was published by Mitchell-Lane (2016).